PS Vita portable game console launches in Japan

The PS Vita is now a reality, at least in Japan. Sony officially launched its second portable console earlier today in its native country.  Sony launched its first portable console, the PSP, back in 2004 and since then has released different versions of the PSP, including the PSP Go, before today's launch of the PS Vita. Andriasang reports that in Shibuya, Sony held a press event last night for the launch of the console with Sony Playstation executives Kaz Hirai and Andrew House attending and helping to sell the first PS Vita in Japan to a unknown resident.

Reports from other parts of Japan were mixed, with some store locations reporting long lines to buy the PS Vita while others not recording as much interest. Of course, with the growing use of online pre-orders to purchase consoles it's harder to determine exactly how many PS Vita units are in fact being sold. The console costs 24,900 yen in Japan ($319) for the WiFi only model while the WiFi/3G version costs 29,980 yen.

The PS Vita has some impressive hardware specs, including a quad-core processor, a 5 inch OLED capacitive touch screen with 960x544 resolution, and support for motion control via both a three-axis gyroscope and three-axis accelerometer. Games can be downloaded via the Playstation Network but games will also be sold via memory cards for retail stores.

The US and Europe will have to wait to get their own version of the PS Vita until February 2012. The US version will cost $249.99 for the WiFi version and $299.99 for the WiFi/3G model.

Image via Andriasang

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Social said,

its

I'm sorry, but that's grammatically incorrect. Simply writing 'its' doesn't mean anything.

FMH said,
I kid. Thanks for the correction.

to grammarnazi more
It's is a contraction for it is or it has.

Its is a possessive pronoun meaning, more or less, of it or belonging to it.

And there is absolutely, positively, no such word as its'.

Shadowzz said,

to grammarnazi more

You forgot one definition:

The last 3 letters of one of the best things, ever - tits!

Does the 3G version make phone calls? Reason I ask is because I'd get rid of my phone if there was a 3G 3DS or Vita that made calls.

GaMMa said,
Does the 3G version make phone calls? Reason I ask is because I'd get rid of my phone if there was a 3G 3DS or Vita that made calls.

There might be skype support in the future...

GaMMa said,
Does the 3G version make phone calls? Reason I ask is because I'd get rid of my phone if there was a 3G 3DS or Vita that made calls.
GOD I seriously hope Nintendo/Sony wake up and include better communications support in their next handhelds, if not outright phonecall capability.

That'd finally put an end to any chances (however slim they may be) of crappy buttonless phones replacing dedicated handhelds for [quality] gaming.

The big let down of Vita is the memory. 4 GB for $25 ?! Come on, I don't even know if a game will be able to fit inside it....

Looking forward to this time next year. By then it will be out in the UK, should have some really good games out, and I will actually be able to afford one!

I like this and I'll definitely be getting a Vita, but after playing on the 3DS a few hours, regular 2D screens just look too freakin dull, no matter how good the graphics are :\

This doesnt make sense to me ... I can understand launch day differences of a few days or so... but this doesnt retail in the USA for a nother few months... whats up with that?

este said,
This doesnt make sense to me ... I can understand launch day differences of a few days or so... but this doesnt retail in the USA for a nother few months... whats up with that?

They want to have a strong games lineup, to prevent the same start failure the 3DS had.

Jose_49 said,

They want to have a strong games lineup, to prevent the same start failure the 3DS had.

So releasing it in 1 region over another ahead of time will help combat that? ::shrugs::

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